Analysts expect Intel-based Macs to boost Apple’s Mac market share

“Apple Computer Inc. said Tuesday it will begin shipping this week the new MacBook Pro, the company’s first laptop computer to feature an Intel Corp. microprocessor,” May Wong reports for The Associated Press. “Apple, which is in the midst of a historic shift to Intel chips, last month introduced its first Intel-based desktop computer, the iMac G5, about six months ahead of schedule. Analysts expect the new Intel-based Macintosh products to boost Apple’s perennially small share in the U.S. PC market, which increased slightly last year to more than 4 percent as the popularity of Apple’s iPod media players drove consumers to give the Macs another look.”

“Instead of using the previously announced 1.83 gigahertz Core Duo processor, Apple said the new high-end MacBook will feature a 2.0 Ghz chip, but will remain priced at $2,499. The lower-end $1,999 model will have a 1.83 Ghz chip, instead of the previously announced 1.67 Ghz chip. Customers may also upgrade to a 2.16 Ghz version,” Wong reports. “Some may have to wait before obtaining one. Apple has said it may need some time to catch up with a backlog of orders.”

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MacBook Pro. The first Mac notebook built upon Intel Core Duo with iLife ’06, Front Row and built-in iSight. Starting at $1999. Free shipping.
iMac. Twice as amazing — Intel Core Duo, iLife ’06, Front Row media experience, Apple Remote, built-in iSight. Starting at $1299. Free shipping.
iMac and MacBook Pro owners: Apple USB Modem. Easily connect to the Internet using dial-up service. Only $49.
iPod Radio Remote. Listen to FM radio on your iPod and control everything with a convenient wired remote. Just $49.
iPod. 15,000 songs. 25,000 photos. 150 hours of video. The new iPod. 30GB and 60GB models start at just $299. Free shipping.
Connect iPod to your television set with the iPod AV Cable. Just $19.

Apple begins shipping MacBook Pro notebook computers with faster 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processors – February 14, 2006


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